My Journey to PAX Unplugged
The day started with crossing over the George Washington Bridge. Thoughts of Cardboard and cheesesteaks paved my way for the 2 hour drive south to the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. I did not fully know what to expect when I finally arrived at my location but hoped I would be in for a treat. When arriving I saw friends and family all smiling and laughing while making their way to the massive structure that spans over six blocks. That structure was the Pennsylvania Convention Center and home of the first PAX Unplugged Board Game Convention.
I would like to start this by saying that I had an absolute blast at PAX Unplugged. This was my first large scale event and my hopes are the others are much like this one. I walked into the event hall and was greeted by booths with different vendors and people playing board games. Before I could commit to sitting down at just one, I wanted to scope out the area and see what this event had to offer. It was great to see larger groups of people demoing games by Indie developers like Wildfire and FunWiz as well as larger companies like Renegade Games and Wizards of the Coast.
Attack of the Kaiju, WildFire
Brew Dice, FunWiz
Dice Throne, Mind Bottling Games
Last Friday, Ares
The Walking Dead Minitures Game, Mantic Games
For the first hour in the hall I walked around and enjoyed watching groups of people doing everything from playing games to painting miniatures.
Popular YouTube talents like Tom and the gang from The Dice Tower and Quinn and Matt from Shut Up and Sit Down were scheduled throughout the day speaking to audiences. It was great to see them walking around the convention center open for individual questions and pictures. Among them was another great YouTuber Jeremiah Acevedo, The Board Game Renegade, helping Renegade Games demo all of their games.
Quinn and Matt, Shut Up and Sit Down Twitter-@ShutUpShow
Jeremiah, The Board Game Renegade Twitter-@TheBGRenegade
After hours of walking (20,000 steps, thank you Fitbit) a few friends and I decide to spend the rest of the night at a table playing some games. We started by playing a game that we picked up at the event, Attack of the Kaiju by Wildfire. When we were finished demolishing buildings, destroying armies and fighting each others Kaiju's we moved to a better location to harvest resources from the unstable sun in Sol by Elephant Laboratories.
Attack of the Kaiju, Wildfire
Sol, Elephant Laboratories Picture courtesy of Robert Austin Instagram-@captainshiner
13 hours, a Cheesesteak and a ton of games later my journey to PAX Unplugged was over and now time for me to head back up the New Jersey Turnpike and back home. This journey was not long and treacherous but instead a fun and enjoyable one. I plan on making this trip year after year. Hopefully PAX Unplugged continues and if it does I encourage you to partake in all of the festivities, I know I will.